We are all curious of what lies on the so-called ‘other side’ of the global Coronavirus pandemic, but what seems certain right now is that we can’t put the technological genie and it’s effects on our mental health back in the bottle.
This month, theologian Ted Peters explores the uses and possible conundrums of Elon Musk’s recently announced Neuralink chips that could be implanted in the human brain. The possible medical breakthroughs are many as the ways Musk could profit from this new technology in selling it to various parties.
What seems assured is that the barrier between man and machine in this new age of artificial intelligence will likely be blurred even more should this technology take hold.
But besides allowing for downloading of perhaps biblical texts in seconds to our brains, technology as of late has also been powering our “being the church,” a topic being explored this month by ELCA congregation member and retired chemist Robert Buntrock. What does it mean to be a church without walls and more importantly, what does it say of our congregational relationships as a Zoom-based church?
Still Zoom is fueling more opportunities to see the connections between faith and science like never before, including the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s first Zoom live event featuring the retired ELCA Pastor Bruce Booher’s eye to the skies.
We can only hope that we will find even more ways to learn, explore our faith and connect with one another in the months to come.
Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.